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How to Clean a Mattress—and The Rest of Your Room

by Bill Welles

Spring is a time of cleaning, reorganizing, and purging,  and we’re diving headfirst into one of the more overwhelming areas of your home … your bedroom -- dun dun dun dun! OK, it’s not that scary, but it can be a little intimidating. Where do you even start first? How do you clean a mattress? We’ll be sure to cover everything you’ll need for taking on the obstacle that is your bedroom.

1. Pick Up Your Clothes

Messy rooms are only overwhelming because there appears to be a lot to do, but as soon as you start making piles and separating the disaster area, it becomes a lot less so. 

Let’s start this cleaning job by picking up everything on the floor, the bed, side tables, and so on. Put your dirty clothes in the washer, put your clean clothes away nicely in their home, carry any dishes to the kitchen, and make sure everything is put away. Soon, your room will look nice and open once again --  all before even starting the disinfecting part!

 girl holding a pink sweater

2. Open Your Windows

Before pulling out the cleaning supplies or dusting, it’s important that you open your bedroom windows. By doing so, you’ll be preventing your lungs from inhaling any dust and chemicals and allowing fresh air from the outside to flow in. 

For more efficiency, open another window in your house to ensure the fresh air from the outside can circulate more quickly, making sure you aren’t breathing in anything dangerous.

3. How to Dust Your Furniture

Did you know that your home collects 40 pounds of dust in one year? That’s a lot of dust! And a lot of it comes from our very own skin! This dust is not only unsanitary, but it can also kick off allergies and make breathing in your own home difficult. For that reason, it’s important that you don’t just dust often, but that you dust thoroughly as well.

Start by taking a microfiber washcloth or feather duster and dusting off any visible surfaces: dressers, vanities, side tables, television, etc. If you have a ceiling fan, you’ll want to safely make sure there is no dust on that as well. If you have any art on the walls, be gentle and wipe those down with a clean and dry paintbrush so as to not ruin it. And last but not least, you’ll want to wash your baseboards.

Afterward, use a wood cleaner to wipe down any pieces of furniture you dusted that were wood, and use an all-purpose cleaner for all the other surfaces (except for your electronics! Those require a special cleaner).

4. How to Clean a Mattress

Your mattress is arguably the most important thing in your room. And because you spend so much time on it, your mattress is probably starting to smell like you -- and not in a good way. From sweat to pet hair, your mattress absorbs a lot and therefore needs a good wipedown here and there. So, how to sanitize a mattress? 

Luckily, there are only 3 small steps:

  1. Take all the sheets off the bed so that your mattress is the only thing on your foundation.

  2. LIberally sprinkle your mattress with baking soda.

  3. Let sit for an hour or so and then vacuum up!

Voila, that’s it! The baking soda absorbs spills, sweat, and more while removing any odors there may have been. Also, be sure to put a mattress protector over your mattress before adding the sheets. This cover will help prevent messes from seeping through and will keep  your mattress clean for much longer.

 a hand holding a vacuum cleaner on a matress

When it comes to cleaning your bedroom it’s best to do it more than once a year. The better you take care of your items, the longer they’ll last. But, if your mattress is past the point of no return and no longer salvageable, we’ll help you find a great mattress to bring back to your freshly cleaned room!